• WordNet 3.6
    • n animus a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Animus Animating spirit; intention; temper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n animus Intention; purpose; spirit; temper; especially, hostile spirit or angry temper; animosity: as, the animus with which a book is written.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Animus an′im-us intention: actuating spirit: prejudice against.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., mind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. animus, spirit, soul, as distinguished from anima, the mere life.


In literature:

But now I understood the fellow's animus toward Maillot; his hatred was inspired by jealousy.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Such, in general terms, is the animus of the two political parties of Prussia.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
But though he speaks with reverence of Christ, he shares the common Mohammedan animus against St. Paul.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
As the address of any one of the white members would it have been reported, or have attracted attention, save for its animus?
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Now their animus against Gourlay prompted them to back it up.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
But fraud is hard to suppress when the animus of the perpetrator is wrong.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
It indicated that the animus of which I am speaking is almost a commonplace.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Jim's excited; but you understand that there's no animus; and my wife and I are entirely at your disposal in this matter.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
Yet she was calmly discussing his situation without animus or even unfriendliness.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
There had been no vindictiveness, no animus on the part of the railroad.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher

In news:

This time his animus is aimed at the Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami and yours truly.
Family has always been the central animus of folk music.
We are puzzled by the review of our book, The Social Organization of Sexuality, because it is professionally incompetent and motivated by such an evident animus against the social science s in general.
Does Assassin 's Creed 3 give us a reason to climb back into the animus.
Mugisha was careful not to downplay the animus toward LGBT people that continues in the east African nation, despite the bill 's potential downfall.
Church officials see signs of anti- Catholic animus in a recent decision by the US Department of Health and Human Services to strip public funding for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' anti-human trafficking programs.
For example, in a 1996 case the majority of the court held that voters in Colorado had exhibited "animus" toward gays by making it impossible for the state or municipalities to pass laws protecting them from discrimination.
The further claim betrays an underlying animus toward Roosevelt, informed by false beliefs about the Great Depression, and supports my off-the-cuff thought about gold-standard advocacy here.
The 'animus' of Justice Scalia.
"We can have animus and not be enemies".
A CBS Films release of a Benaroya Pictures presentation of a Parlay Films production, in association with Animus Films, Serena Films, Waterfall Media.
Both avowed and certain sympathizers in the media -- are again scared that political attacks on Barack Obama are coming from racial animus.
Because dog whistles live in the ear of the listener, it is impossible to know whether Gingrich's comments were really intended to provoke racial, rather than political, animus.